Price paid: $ 130
Purchased from: Guitar Centers used section
Sound — 8
I play Metal/rock/blues/neoclassical music and this guitar is great for all of them. I use a Line 6 Spider IV 75 Watt amp with the onboard effects. The stock pups were noisy and didn't sound that great, so I replaced the bridge pup with a Seymour Duncan SH13 Dimebucker, and the neck with a scr1 with a coil split, and took out the middle position pup. This guitar has screaming highs in the bridge position, and a mellower sound in the neck position. With one of the bands I play in I use a very heavy sounding setting Metal=red Bass=7 Mids=3 Treble=10 Gain=100% position and sensitivity, when playing this guitar clean with the pups I have in this it sounds best with the scr1.
Overall Impression — 9
This guitar is really well built, the electronics aren't very good in my opinion so I replaced them. This guitar suits all of my music styles very well. If this guitar were stolen I'd probably buy an LTD M-10 to replace it because I prefer that guitar over this one. Over all it is an amazing budget guitar and I would suggest it to anyone looking for a good guitar that can't afford a PRS or ESP.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar can withstand live playing. The hardware is solid, the strap buttons are huge and never had a problem with my strap falling off. I always bring my GSA 20 with me to gigs, but I only use that because it has a different tuning than my Jackson I don't use a backup because I don't need one.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The action was PERFECT! Everything was set up correctly. The only flaw I found was a blemish in the wood near the bridge but that's not that big of a deal. Where the guitar failed my test was the bridge, I hate the bridge! If you use the trem it doesnt't stay in tune the greatest and its just uncomfortable to palmmute with.
Features — 9
- Made in 2005 in India - 3-piece laminated top Indian cedro body - Two piece maple neck with a Rosewood fretboard - Natural finish - Passive electronics, 1 hum. 2 singlecoil - 1 volume, 1 tone, 5way blade switch - Vintage Strat style tremolo bridge - Non-Locking Jackson tuners.